Speaking at the presentation of the ministry's 2022 budget at the Parliamentary Plan and Budget Committee, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu noted that the annual capacity for the safe passage of ships using the Straits is 25 thousand, and today it has reached approximately 43 thousand.
Karaismailoğlu stated that the traffic load threatens the navigation, life, property and environmental safety of the Straits, and considering the trade volume in the world and the developments in the countries in the region, it is predicted that the number of ships that will pass through the Straits in the 2050s will reach 78 thousand.
Karaismailoğlu said: “The Kanal Istanbul Project, in which 204 scientists take part in engineering studies, will alleviate the traffic load of the Bosphorus, as well as ensuring the safety of life and property of our citizens in and around the Bosphorus, and protecting the historical and cultural texture of the Bosphorus, when completed. and it will reduce waits that can take two or more days at their exit. With Kanal Istanbul, our country will get a larger share of international transportation and logistics corridors and play a more active role in global trade.
In addition, Kapıkule-Halkalı We have designed our High Speed Train Project to pass under Kanal Istanbul. HalkalıWe also started the construction of the Ispartakule section. This strategic move, which emerged in line with the technological and economic developments in the world and in our country, the changing economic trends and the increasing needs of our country in terms of transportation infrastructure, will make our country a global logistics base and have a say both in its region and in the world trade and transportation routes.